Never in history have human attained such progress with science and technology. To say the least, the achievements have become mind boggling. However, human have gone mad with their own accomplishments and inventions. For instance, with nuclear armament, human have the capability to destroy each other and the planet earth within a few hours. Alongside technological advancement, with the demise of imperialism and colonalism in the 20th century, several political systems, to name few, communism and socialism, republic and democrat have played vital roles in shaping the human mind and practice. Regretfully, the sovereignty of God is either deligitimized or secularized within these political matrixes.
Reckoning human civilizations, when Chinese were writing books and wearing fine silk, Europeans were illiterate and clothed themselves in animal skins. When Socrates and Platoin Greece were dreaming of an utopian society, rule by Philosopher King, Germans were living a boisterous and adventures life of hunting and crude farming. They were called “Barbarian” and “Pagan”because of lack of refinement and philosophy. However, bythe 18th century, the erstwhile Germanic tribes had sway over entire Asia, Africa, and Latin America. With the dawn of 20th century, through the emacipation of self consciousness and identity, the Imperial powers of Europe were overthrown. As a result, many nations were born in the continents of Asia, African, and Latin America.
4000 years back, the Egyptian civilization with its powerful Pharaohs shaped the world of antiquity. When Moses, the leader of Israel, the slave race approached Pharaoh, saying,“The Lord, the God of Israel says, ‘Let my people go,’” Pharoah responded, “Who is the Lord, the God of Israel, why should I listen to him and let Israel go?” The power of Almighty God sent ten plagues (epidemics) to the nation. At last, the God of Israel punished the nation of Egypt. Israel was delivered by the hand of Almighty God. Again, in 607 BCE, Belshazzer, the last great Babylonian ruler,in the midst of his spendeaor and glory was visisted by the wrath of God.The king saw the hand writing on the wall, andturned pale out of fear. Daniel interpreted the revelation of God, and behold that same night, the king was assassinated and his empire divided into three kingdoms.
Today, that same God is revealling his omnipotence, beginning with atheistic China, where the pandemic Coronavirus originated. The global distribution has brought the world to its knees. Our story has become one of helplessness! Science and technology, advanced medicine, and political systems have failed to protect our planet!
The only remedy to our predicament is to recognize the Living God, the God who holds the universe in the palm of his hand, and to acknowledge him as our Creator and Sustainer, and call upon him to forgive us of our sins. Then God will heal our planet, in the same way he answered King Solomon’s prayer back in 1000 BCE: “Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people. If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven , and forgive their sins and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7: 13,14).
Rev. Dr. V.K Nuh
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